Birthright of Greater Stamford

Birthright has been providing love, support and hope to women facing unplanned pregnancies for over 45 years. We operate nearly 300 locations, and have a 24/7 toll-free Helpline so help is only a phone call away.

 

Birthright of Greater Stamford


Chapter Information

Helpline (Toll Free)

1.800.550.4900

Address:

388 Summer St.

Stamford, Connecticut 06901

United States

Phone: 203-348-4355


Monday 10 a.m to 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Wednesday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. to 12 noon
Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
...call for an appointment
  • All Birthright services are free and confidential.
  • Free pregnancy testing
  • Free pregnancy help
  • Friendship and on-going support
  • Help to get medical coverage
  • Information on prenatal care, medical aid, financial assistance, WIC, education, housing, legal aid, employment, adoption, pregnancy, and child care.
  • Maternity and baby clothes
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Welcome to Birthright of Greater Stamford

PREGNANT? AFRAID?

Thinking about abortion or the abortion pill?

You don’t need to face the most difficult time of your life alone.

Birthright is a place you can turn to.  A place to explore all your options.  We care about you and we promise you on-going support for as long as you need us.

All Birthright services are free and confidential.

Let us help you.  Give us a call today!  Our helpline is 24/7.

Birthright of Greater Stamford serves pregnant women in Stamford, Greenwich, Darien, New Canaan, and the surrounding area with free pregnancy help. There are 9 Birthright locations in Connecticut. Use the search at this website to find your nearest Birthright.

Pregnancy symptoms in the first trimester:

  • missed period
  • nausea
  • fatigue
  • mood swings (feeling weepy)
  • tender nipples and breasts
  • bloating of the abdomen
  • headaches
  • frequent urination

Teen pregnancy:  If you are a teen and you are pregnant, please know what you do with your pregnancy is up to you.  Call us today.  We can help.

 

 


Thank you letter from a mother:  "I write this short note thanking you guys for your support.  Your support has really helped me along the way.  Knowing that someone cared enough to call and wonder about my baby and me really made me feel good.  Thank you for taking the time to care and make that call that always made my day.  Thank you a million times."

Birthright Volunteers:  There are mothers-to-be in difficult circumstances in whose lives your caring friendship would make a tremendous difference.  Join our volunteers and be a friend to a girl or woman who is at perhaps the greatest crossroads of her life. Call today.

Donations: We accept new and gently used maternity clothing and baby clothing up to size 2T.  We cannot accept any toys, baby gear, or furniture.

Ripples of Encouragment :

Something simple can change your day

Something simple can change your way

It's in your heart, not your mind

It's something good inside you'll find.

Don't forget who you are.

Don't forget you're a shining star.

A Change of Heart

Recently I was reading an article in New York magazine by Michelle Goldberg entitled "I was a proud non-breeder; then I changed my mind". The author for years did not want children. She was pleased with her life, her career,constant travel, and many tipsy nights out. She stated that by nature she is introverted and needs time alone each day. The one tricky thing is the need to make decisions for a future self, whose desires are unknowable. She said don't succumb to pressure, and at the same time don't be ashamed if, one day you find yourself morphing into someone you wouldn't now recognize.
The change came when she realized that if her husband was gone, she would be frantic to hold onto a piece of him and their love. So she wanted to have a baby, and finally she got pregnant and gave birth. Everybody told her that the responsibility of motherhood was worth it, but  nobody told her that motherhood would be fun! The author stated:  "my son's first year of life was the best of my life" "The crisis motherhood brought on, led me to refocus."
I also read about another woman in her twenties that accidentally walked into a crisis pregnancy center across the street from an abortion clinic where she was scheduled to have an abortion. The young women had a four year old son, and her mother had told her that the only option was to have an abortion. The center arranged for a day of leisure for the woman and her son. When her son got back home, he could not go to sleep without telling his grandmother all the things he had done on his day in the country - and through his experience, his grandmother's hope was restored.  She looked at her daughter's pregnancy with new eyes, and the despair she felt about the situation lifted. She no longer pressured her daughter to get an abortion, but together they discussed how they would manage.

I have been pregnant four times within three years! In my experience no pregnancy comes at an optimal time, but if you take a few days to get used to it, hope will be restored. And the bonus is that the crisis brings on a refocus of your life and heart, as was the case in Michelle Goldberg's situation. 

The Few Things You Really Need to Remember 

The worst choices that people make are typically when the are scared, alone and feel forced to take the path of least resistance. Girls and women, with unwanted pregnancies, whose first impulse is to seek abortions, need time to step back and take stock of the situation and consider all alternative solutions. At Birthright of Stamford, all of our volunteers are concerned about you and stand ready to be the friend that will hear you out as you think through what are your alternatives. We will give the confidence and courage to do what you really want. Please pick up the phone and call us at  203-348 4355 or call the helpline at 1-800-550-4900.

 

Remember that your presence is a present to the world.

Remember that you are a unique creation and you have a unique purpose.

Remember that your life can be what you want it to be.

Remember to take all days,  just one at a time.

Remember to count your blessings, and maybe your troubles are blessings.

Remember that you'll make it through whatever comes along.

Remember that most of the answers you need are within you.

Remember those dreams waiting to be realized.

Remember that decisions are too important to leave to chance.

Remeber to always reach for the best that is within you.

Remember that nothing wastes more energy than worry.

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

Remember that the longer you carry a grudge, the heavier it gets.

Remember not to take things too seriously.

Remember to laugh.

Remember that a little love goes a long way, and a lot of love goes forever.

Remember that happiness is more often found in giving than getting. 

Remember that life's treasures are people, not things.

Remember that miracles happen every day. 

                                                                       with thanks to: 

                                                                        Birthright of Livermore California

                                                                        Birthright International LIFE GUARDIAN

Nicki Minaj's Difficult Decision

Jonah Weiner interviewed rapper Nicki Minaj, 32, the interview was published in the 12/30/14 issue of Rolling Stone. She stated her mission is to inspire girls to be sexy and smart. She rapped about her most difficult decision on a mixtape track called 'Autobiography'.

Toward the end of LaGuardia High School, a prestigious Manhattan performing arts academy, she became pregnant by her then boyfriend. "It was a horrible mistake."  She considered going ahead with the pregnancy.  "My religion, my age, and my mother were all factors. My mother still doesn't know about it." In the end, Nicki chose to have an abortion. She says the choice has "haunted me all my life...I wasn't ready" .

Are we ever really ready for the challenges life throws at us? The decisions we make in life can have lasting consequences as Nicki Minaj points out.   At Birthright, our trained volunteers listen to your hopes, your fears and concerns. We will walk with you throughout your pregnancy. We are here to help you consider your options in a non-judgmental way and provide practical support.

Congratulations to Birthright's New USA National Director

As of January 1, 2015 , we have a new USA National Director and her name is Brittney Mellema. She will oversee the 236 chapters across the United States. The new U.S. National office is located at 1804 N. Alguire Ave., Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57107. The new phone number is (605) 336-0042.  She is replacing her mentor, Terry Weaver, who has served as National Director for the USA for 23 years, and had been involved with Birthright for 46 years.    

She has two children, ages 12 and 9, so she brings an understanding of what it takes to raise children in today's current environment. That can only be good for an organization such as Birthright. 

Birthright is an organization that has been providing friendship counseling, love and support for over 46 years for women who are facing unplanned pregnancies.  It has been estimated that over 1,000,000 babies have been born across the United States with Birthright's support and love for both the expectant mother and her child.  Although every person is unique, each person who is pregnant, whether planned or unplanned, needs to make a realistic plan for her future and the future of her unborn child. We provide non-judgmental, absolutely confidential and free services to any women regardless of age, race, religion, marital status or financial situation.   

Why Fewer Women are Seeking Abortions

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  figures that were released at the end of November, 2014, the abortions rates in the United States have fallen to the lowest level in 40 years! That almost equals the rate that was in 1973, the first year that the constitutional right to abortion was asserted by the Supreme Court.

Abortions rates have tumbled because more and more unintended pregnancies are being carried to term.  Columnist David Frum asks why that is happening in The Atlantic of December 1,2014 and he contends that what has changed is social attitudes;  "single parenthood has become the norm for non-affluent Americans of all races." He speaks of the "Bristol Palin effect": a legitimization of single parenthood among anti-abortion Americans.

Birthright and other organizations have provided a new language of caring and concern and compassion, both for the individual mother and what challenges lie ahead. We provide friendship at a crossroad in the life of a woman.

Thank You for your donations !!!

Through the generosity of our donors and organizations from the parishes of Sacred Heart (Greenwich), St. Leo's and Holy Spirit, we are able to keep a fully stocked storeroom from which we can dispense to our clients maternity clothes and layettes and diapers for their newborns.

 

We love to see our new Birthright babies!

One of clients stopped by to introduce her new baby Genesis to the volunteers who helped her. Just makes you smile to look at her!  We have celebrated 20 births this year!

  

Birthright of Greater Stamford is open every weekday

Our volunteers are looking forward to meeting you, and are prepared to help you with any of your concerns as you face what may be a unplanned and difficult pregnancy.

  

 

  

                                                    

 
 
 

Birthright is a non-profit charitable organization that has been providing love and support for over 45 years to women facing unplanned pregnancies. We have chapters across Canada, the United States, and Africa, as well as a 24/7 North American toll-free Helpline. Birthright is supported by devoted volunteers and private donations.

Helpline: 1.800.550.4900

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